We are really excited about launching I Am A Child of Divorce Groups. The purpose of these groups is to help participants deal with the emotions and issues that arise of their parents’ divorce/separation. I Am A Child of Divorce Groups will be limited in size to between 10 and 20 people depending on the nature of the group. The pilot program for our teen group will run for 16 weeks. We envision adding groups for pre-teens, young adults and adult children of divorce as time passes.
Whether your parents are separated and planning to get a divorce, in the middle of divorce, or have been divorced for years, these groups will help you to process the ramifications of that divorce and the emotions you have experienced, or will experience, as a result of the divorce. These groups will afford you with a group of people with similar experiences to assist you in the healing process in a confidential environment.
If you wish to sign up for one of our groups after reading the information below, please click here.
Groups can be joined at any time. We ask simply ask that you participate in the group regularly once you join. To register click here.
Each week there is a topic or theme which will be covered. However, much of the healing happens in the back and forth between group participants in our weekly online chats. While those chats are guided by a facilitator, the role of that facilitator is merely to guide and lead participants in their discussion. From time-to-time, the facilitator may also provide some advice on how to handle a specific situation. While most group discussion happens within these group chats and in the interaction related to weekly “prep work,” facilitators are also available to assist with situations which group members might not feel comfortable sharing in a group format.
Each week consists of the following:
- Introduction: A brief narrative introduction to each topic which may include helpful information and/or narratives for group participants to consider.
- Video: A brief video related to the week’s topic. These videos are likely to be discussed in the live chat for the week.
- Prep Work: A brief exercise of series of questions which participants will answer in a private forum available only to group members. These answers will be submitted prior to the live chat. Other group members and the facilitator(s) will have a chance to read these exercised prior to the week’s live chat.
- Live Chat: A one hour online chat with other group members and the facilitator(s) each week to discuss that week’s topic. Times and dates for the chat sessions to be determined.
- Recap: At the end of each chat session, the facilitator will present group participants with an exercise to perform based on that week’s topic. These exercises will be done in the participant’s private journal.
- Journal: Group participants are asked to keep a private journal over the course of the 16 week group. Sometimes, exercises will be recorded in these journals. Other times, group participants will use these journals in their own time to process their reactions and feelings related to their parents’ divorce.
Our pilot program is currently scheduled to run 16 weeks and cover the following topics (weeks and topics are subject to change as the program evolves):
- Sharing Your Story
- The Basics of Divorce
- Drowning In Emotions
- What Is Grief?
- Dealing With Anger
- Feelings of Guilt
- Overwhelmed By Stress
- They’re Still Your Parents
- All About Change
- Stuff I Hate
- Siblings and Responsibilities
- Avoiding Destructive Behaviors
- Money! Money! Money!
- The Rest of My Life
- God and Divorce
- Moving Forward
We have minimal rules for our support groups, but we ask participants to commit to abiding by those rules. The guidelines we have put in place are principally for the safety of group participants.
- Participants agree to participate in all activities of the group if at all possible. While we understand that things will come up that prevent participants from making all of the scheduled group events, but participants agree to make every effort to stay involved.
- Regardless of whether or not group members can participate in the weekly chat sessions, all group members will complete the weekly exercises and reading.
- Information shared with the group will be kept confidential except in circumstances where the participants’ or someone else’s safety is involved. Participants agree not to share confidential information shared during these groups with others.
- Participant agree that they will not interact with other group members (other than those they new prior to joining the group) outside of this site during the course of the group. Plenty of means of interacting within this site are provided. We make every effort to ensure the safety of our group, but we ask group members to agree to this restriction for their own safety.
Our groups are not primarily about the facilitators. That said, we understand that group participants (and/or their parents) might want to know more about the people leading these groups. To that end, we have compiled a page with additional information on our group facilitators for you. You can find out more about them by clicking here.
If you’re interested in helping us promote our current group, we put together this promotional flier. Please print it out and hang it around your neighborhood to let people know about these groups!